Alistair Malcolm

Head

 
researcher

Biography

I graduated in History at the Universities of St Andrews and Oxford. I am a specialist in the cultural and political history of Spain during its Golden Age. My current projects are for (1.) a general study of the effects of court favouritism on policy-making in Spain during the seventeenth century, and (2.) for a book that analyses the Spanish Monarchy’s struggle to maintain its position of hegemony, taking as its focus the career of the count of Peñaranda (1596-1676).

Research Interests

My research concentrates on elite culture within the Spanish Habsburg monarchy, with particular reference to the largely unstudied period between 1640 and 1700. As such, it is concerned not just with Iberian history, but with the history of elites in the Netherlands, Italy and the Holy Roman Empire (modern-day Germany, eastern France and northern Italy). I am principally concerned with examining the repercussions arising in court politics and foreign policy from the rulers’ tendency to delegate their authority to minister-favourites. However, my research also seeks to understand the history of families within the titled nobility, and to reconstruct their ties of patronage and kinship.    

Books

  Year Publication
2017 Royal Favouritism and the Governing Elite of the Spanish Monarchy, 1640-1665.
Alistair Malcolm (2017) Royal Favouritism and the Governing Elite of the Spanish Monarchy, 1640-1665. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2013 'Ponce de León, Luis. Conde de Villaverde (IV)'
Alistair Malcolm (2013) 'Ponce de León, Luis. Conde de Villaverde (IV)' In: Diccionario Biográfico Español. Madrid: Real Academia de la Historia. [Details]
2016 ''Intercesor de escritores: las dedicatorias de libros a don Luis de Haro y su relación con los autores (1625-1662)'
Alistair Malcolm (2016) ''Intercesor de escritores: las dedicatorias de libros a don Luis de Haro y su relación con los autores (1625-1662)' In: El mundo de un valido. Don Luis de Haro y su entorno, 1643-1661. Madrid: Marcial Pons. [Details]
2003 'Arte, diplomacia y política de la corte durante las embajadas del Conde de Sandwich a Madrid y Lisboa (1666-1668)'
Malcolm, A (2003) 'Arte, diplomacia y política de la corte durante las embajadas del Conde de Sandwich a Madrid y Lisboa (1666-1668)' In: Arte y Diplomacia de la Monarquía Hispánica en el Siglo XVII. Madrid: Fernando Villaverde Ediciones. [Details]
2005 'Spanish Queens and Aristocratic Women at the Court of Madrid, 1598-1665'
Malcolm, A (2005) 'Spanish Queens and Aristocratic Women at the Court of Madrid, 1598-1665' In: Studies on Medieval and Early Modern Women, 4: Victims or Viragos? (Dublin: Four Courts Press). Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
2006 ''Public Morality and the Closure of the Theatres in the Mid-Seventeenth Century: Philip IV, the Council of Castile and the Arrival of Mariana of Austria''
Malcolm, A (2006) ''Public Morality and the Closure of the Theatres in the Mid-Seventeenth Century: Philip IV, the Council of Castile and the Arrival of Mariana of Austria'' In: Rhetoric and Reality in Early Modern Spain. London: Tamesis. [Details]
2011 '‘En los márgenes de la parentela de Olivares: Don Luis de Haro y el mecenazgo literario de un jóven cortesano, 1621–1648’'
Malcolm, A (2011) '‘En los márgenes de la parentela de Olivares: Don Luis de Haro y el mecenazgo literario de un jóven cortesano, 1621–1648’' In: Poder y Saber: Bibliotecas y bibliofilia durante la época del conde-duque de Olivares. Madrid: Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica. [Details]
2011 '‘La embajada del Conde de Peñaranda a Praga y a Fráncfort del Meno en 1657–1658’'
Malcolm, A (2011) '‘La embajada del Conde de Peñaranda a Praga y a Fráncfort del Meno en 1657–1658’' In: La dinastía de los Austria: Las relaciones entre la Monarquía Católica y el Imperio. Madrid: Ediciones Polifemo. [Details]
2011 '‘Serving the King at Home and Abroad: The Tangier Garrison under Charles II, 1662–1684’'
Malcolm, A (2011) '‘Serving the King at Home and Abroad: The Tangier Garrison under Charles II, 1662–1684’' In: Power in History: From the Medieval to the Post-Modern World. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2001 'La práctica informal del poder. Política de la corte y el derecho de acceso a la familia real durante la segunda mitad del reinado de Felipe IV'
Malcolm, A (2001) 'La práctica informal del poder. Política de la corte y el derecho de acceso a la familia real durante la segunda mitad del reinado de Felipe IV'. Reales Sitios: Revista Del Patrimonio Nacional, xxxviii (147):38-48 [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
1990 Research paper delivered to the Oxford Department of Spanish seminar
A. Malcolm,Williams, L.,Lansdown, M. R.,Larvin, M.,Ward, D. C. (1990) 'Baltasar Graci¿n, Don Luis de Haro and the Spanish Court during the Mid-Seventeenth Century.' . In: * eds. Research paper delivered to the Oxford Department of Spanish seminar , 17-JAN-96 - 17-JAN-96 , pp.*-* [Details]
1995 Research paper delivered to the Oxford History of Early Modern Europe seminar
A. Malcolm (1995) 'The Count of Pe¿aranda and the Electoral Conclave of Frankfurt, 1657¿1658: prospects for a German solution to Franco-Spanish conflict.' . In: * eds. Research paper delivered to the Oxford History of Early Modern Europe seminar , 25-JAN-95 - 25-JAN-95 , pp.*-* [Details]
1996 Research paper delivered to the Early Modern Europe seminar in the Institute of Historical Research
A. Malcolm (1996) 'The practical application of political theory: Spanish kingship and the valimiento during the final years of the reign of Philip.' . In: * eds. Research paper delivered to the Early Modern Europe seminar in the Institute of Historical Research , 01-MAR-96 - 01-MAR-96 , pp.*-* [Details]
1998 Research paper delivered to the department of Spanish and Portuguese
A. Malcolm (1998) 'Theatre in the Court and the World in the Seventeenth Century¿ . In: * eds. Research paper delivered to the department of Spanish and Portuguese , 01-MAY-98 - 01-MAY-98 , pp.*-* [Details]
1998 Congreso Internacional sobre Felipe II, Universidad Aut¿noma de Madrid
A. Malcolm (1998) El legado pol¿tico de Felipe II. La ficci¿n del gobierno mon¿rquico durante el reinado de Felipe IV . In: * eds. Congreso Internacional sobre Felipe II, Universidad Aut¿noma de Madrid , 20-APR-98 - 23-APR-98 , pp.*-* [Details]
2000 Research paper delivered to the Oxford History of Early Modern Europe seminar
A. Malcolm,Vezakis, A.,Davides, D.,Ammori, B. J.,Martin, I. G.,Larvin, M.,McMahon, M. J. (2000) 'Holding on to power: Don Luis de Haro and the Management of Political Patronage in the Spanish Monarchy, 1643¿1661¿ . In: * eds. Research paper delivered to the Oxford History of Early Modern Europe seminar , 01-DEC-98 - 01-DEC-98 , pp.*-* [Details]
2002 Research paper delivered to the Department of Modern History
A. Malcolm (2002) 'The Spanish Court in the Seventeenth Century: Theory and Practice¿ . In: * eds. Research paper delivered to the Department of Modern History , 24-APR-02 - 24-APR-02 , pp.*-* [Details]
2002 Hispanic Research Seminar Series
A. Malcolm (2002) The Political and Literary Influence of Sor Mar¿a de Agreda during the Reign on Philip IV of Spain, 1621¿1665¿ . In: * eds. Hispanic Research Seminar Series , 15-NOV-02 - 15-NOV-02 , pp.*-* [Details]
2003 1623: The Journey of Prince Charles to Madrid to negotiate marriage with the Spanish Infanta, and his return to London
Malcolm, A (2003) ‘Keeping it in the Family: Spanish Habsburg Marriage Strategy in the seventeenth century’ 1623: The Journey of Prince Charles to Madrid to negotiate marriage with the Spanish Infanta, and his return to London Stratford-upon-Avon, , 11-APR-03 - 12-APR-03 [Details]
2003 1623: The Journey of Prince Charles to Madrid to negotiate marriage with the Spanish Infanta, and his return to London
A. Malcolm (2003) Keeping it in the Family: Spanish Habsburg Marriage Strategy in the seventeenth century . In: * eds. 1623: The Journey of Prince Charles to Madrid to negotiate marriage with the Spanish Infanta, and his return to London , 04-MAY-03 - 05-MAY-03 , pp.*-* [Details]
2007 Cultures of Political Counsel
Alistair Malcolm (2007) `Pragmatism and the rule of favourites: the Count of Pe¿aranda (1596¿1676) as Jurist and Adviser to Philip IV¿ Cultures of Political Counsel , 14-JUL-07 - 16-JUL-07 [Details]
2007 Research Seminar of the Department of Modern History at the University of St Andrews
Malcolm, A (2007) ‘Making Peace in Europe: Politics and Artifice in Franco-Spanish relations during the mid-seventeenth century’ Research Seminar of the Department of Modern History at the University of St Andrews University of St Andrews, , 25-APR-07 - 25-APR-07 [Details]
2007 Cultures of Political Counsel
Malcolm, A (2007) ‘Pragmatism and the rule of favourites: the Count of Peñaranda (1596–1676) as Jurist and Adviser to Philip IV’ Cultures of Political Counsel University of Liverpoll, , 14-JUL-07 - 16-JUL-07 [Details]
2007 History Research Seminar
Alistair Malcolm (2007) `Making Peace in Europe: Politics and Artifice in Franco-Spanish relations during the mid-seventeenth century¿ History Research Seminar , 25-APR-07 - 25-APR-07 [Details]
2008 History Research Seminar
Alistair Malcolm (2008) `The Nobility and the valimiento: Sharing Power in the Government of the Spanish Monarchy in the Seventeenth Century¿ History Research Seminar , 28-APR-08 - 28-APR-08 [Details]
2008 History Research Seminar, Lehrstuhl für Neuere Geschichte, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Malcolm, A (2008) ‘The Nobility and the valimiento: Sharing Power in the Government of the Spanish Monarchy in the Seventeenth Century’ History Research Seminar, Lehrstuhl für Neuere Geschichte, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, , 28-APR-08 - 28-APR-08 [Details]
2009 Historians of Ireland Conference
Alistair Malcolm (2009) The Irish and Tangier, 1661-1684 Historians of Ireland Conference , 12-JUN-09 - 14-JUN-09 [Details]
2010 Early Modern Europe Research Seminar, University of Cambridge
Malcolm, A (2010) ‘Avoiding the pitfalls of Westphalia? European peace-making in the seventeenth century’ Early Modern Europe Research Seminar, University of Cambridge Early Modern Europe Research Seminar, University of Cambridge, , 11-MAR-10 - 11-MAR-10 [Details]
2010 Religion in the Hispanic Baroque: The First Atlantic Culture and its Legacy
Malcolm, A (2010) ‘Ignoring the advice of mystics: Spanish policy-making and the clergy during the seventeenth century’ Religion in the Hispanic Baroque: The First Atlantic Culture and its Legacy University of Liverpool, , 12-MAY-10 - 14-SEP-12 [Details]
2012 45-minute research paper delivered by invitation to the History Department Seminar, University of York
Alistair Malcolm (2012) Culture and Politics in Golden-Age Spain: Attitudes and Assumptions of a Grandee Elite 45-minute research paper delivered by invitation to the History Department Seminar, University of York [Details]
2014 1-hour research paper presented by invitation to the Centre for Historical Research at the University of Limerick
Alistair Malcolm (2014) Kingship, Favouritism, and Spanish Foreign Policy, 1643-1661 1-hour research paper presented by invitation to the Centre for Historical Research at the University of Limerick [Details]
2014 45-minute research paper delivered by invitation to the Reformation and Early Modern History Seminar, School of History, University of St Andrews
Alistair Malcolm (2014) Faction and favouritism at the court of Madrid in the seventeenth century: A recipe for crisis 45-minute research paper delivered by invitation to the Reformation and Early Modern History Seminar, School of History, University of St Andrews [Details]
2014 30-minute research paper delivered by invitation at the workshop-seminar ‘El mundo de un valido. Don Luis de Haro y su entorno, 1643–1661’, Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales, Madrid
Alistair Malcolm (2014) El valimiento y las letras: círculos políticos y culturales de don Luis de Haro 30-minute research paper delivered by invitation at the workshop-seminar ‘El mundo de un valido. Don Luis de Haro y su entorno, 1643–1661’, Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales, Madrid [Details]
2015 30-minute research paper delivered by invitation at the international conference ¿Decadencia o Reconfiguración? Las Monarquías de España y Portugal en el cambio de los siglos, 1640–1724, held at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and at the Universidad del Rey Juan Carlos
Alistair Malcolm (2015) ¿Integración política y harmonía social? La nobleza de Madrid durante el reinado de Felipe IV 30-minute research paper delivered by invitation at the international conference ¿Decadencia o Reconfiguración? Las Monarquías de España y Portugal en el cambio de los siglos, 1640–1724, held at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and at the Universidad del Rey Juan Carlos [Details]
2016 Henry Bennet, Earl of Arlington and his World
Alistair Malcolm (2016) Sir Henry Bennet, Carlo Bonelli and an appeal to the pope, 1659–1660 Henry Bennet, Earl of Arlington and his World [Details]
2016 symposium held in honour of Geoffrey Parker by the School of History at the University of St Andrews
Alistair Malcolm (2016) The pursuit of a strategy of weakness in the foreign policy of Philip IV symposium held in honour of Geoffrey Parker by the School of History at the University of St Andrews [Details]
2016 40-minute research paper delivered by invitation to the Department of History at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville
Alistair Malcolm (2016) La represtación diplomática en Madrid de Carlos II Estuardo: ¿una historia de exilio y frustración? 40-minute research paper delivered by invitation to the Department of History at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville [Details]
2016 45-minute research paper delivered by invitation to the Department of History Universidade Nova, Lisbon
Alistair Malcolm (2016) Reconfiguring the Atlantic commercial balance: Anglo-Iberian diplomatic relations at the time of the Stuart and Braganza restorations, 1660–1670 45-minute research paper delivered by invitation to the Department of History Universidade Nova, Lisbon [Details]
2017 45-minute research paper delivered by invitation to the Department of History Research Seminar in conjunction with The Centre for European and Eurasian Studies, NUI Maynooth
Alistair Malcolm (2017) From Westphalia to the Pyrenees (1648–59). Spanish government by minister-favourite and the relentless pursuit of war 45-minute research paper delivered by invitation to the Department of History Research Seminar in conjunction with The Centre for European and Eurasian Studies, NUI Maynooth [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2002
Alistair Malcolm (2002) `Arte, pol¿tica de la corte y asuntos internacionales. La parentela de don Luis de Haro y el gobierno de la monarqu¿a, 1643-1661¿. [Invited Lecture], , 03-APR-02 - 03-APR-02 [Details]
2006
Alistair Malcolm (2006) `Vel¿zquez and the Court of Philip IV: Picture-Collecting and Careerism in Seventeenth-Century Madrid¿. [Invited Lecture], , 21-NOV-06 - 21-NOV-06 [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2001 Raymond Carr (ed.), Spain: A History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).
Malcolm, A (2001) Raymond Carr (ed.), Spain: A History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000). Book Review [Details]
2001 Don Francisco Gutiérrez de los Ríos y Córdoba, Conde de Fernán Núñez, El hombre práctico, o discursos varios sobre su conocimiento y enseñanza (Brussels, 1686), ed. by Jesús Pérez Magallón and Russell P. Sebold (Córdoba: Publicaciones Obra Social y Cultural Cajasur, 2000).
Malcolm, A (2001) Don Francisco Gutiérrez de los Ríos y Córdoba, Conde de Fernán Núñez, El hombre práctico, o discursos varios sobre su conocimiento y enseñanza (Brussels, 1686), ed. by Jesús Pérez Magallón and Russell P. Sebold (Córdoba: Publicaciones Obra Social y Cultural Cajasur, 2000). Book Review [Details]
2003 Elizabeth R. Wright, Pilgrimage to Patronage: Lope de Vega and the Court of Philip III 1598-1621 (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press; London: Associated University Presses, 2001).
Malcolm, A (2003) Elizabeth R. Wright, Pilgrimage to Patronage: Lope de Vega and the Court of Philip III 1598-1621 (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press; London: Associated University Presses, 2001). Book Review [Details]
2003 Manuel Herrero Sánchez, El acercamiento hispano-neerlandés (Madrid: CSIC, 2000).
Malcolm, A (2003) Manuel Herrero Sánchez, El acercamiento hispano-neerlandés (Madrid: CSIC, 2000). Book Review [Details]
2004 Letters from the Pyrenees: Don Luis Mendez de Haro's correspondence to Philip IV of Spain, July to November 1659.
Malcolm, A (2004) Letters from the Pyrenees: Don Luis Mendez de Haro's correspondence to Philip IV of Spain, July to November 1659. Leeds: Book Review [DOI] [Details]
2005 Thomas James Dandelet, Spanish Rome, 1500-1700 (New Haven and London: Yale, 2001 ).
Malcolm, A (2005) Thomas James Dandelet, Spanish Rome, 1500-1700 (New Haven and London: Yale, 2001 ). Book Review [Details]
2007 Paola Volpini, Lo spazio politico del `letrado': Juan Bautista Larrea, magistrato e giurista nella monarchia di Filippo IV (Bologna: Il Mulino, 2004).
Malcolm, A (2007) Paola Volpini, Lo spazio politico del `letrado': Juan Bautista Larrea, magistrato e giurista nella monarchia di Filippo IV (Bologna: Il Mulino, 2004). Book Review [Details]
2008 Richard J. Pym, The Gypsies of Early Modern Spain (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
Malcolm, A (2008) Richard J. Pym, The Gypsies of Early Modern Spain (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). Book Review [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
1997 Senior Mackinnon Scholarship Magdalen College Oxford
1995 Scouloudi Fellowship Institute of Historical Research
1992 British Academy studentship British Academy

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
IHR: Institute of Historical Research. Member 30-DEC-99 / 30-DEC-99

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Course Board for BA in English & History Chair (2008-12) 2008 / 2012
Course Board for BA in History, Politics and Social Sciences Chair (2008 and 2017) 2007 / 2008
Joint BA Working Group and Course Board *Member (2005-11) 2005 / 2006
BA in European Studies *Member (2004-13) 2004 / 2012

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
Manchester University Post-doctoral research fellow 18-AUG-98 / 18-SEP-01

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
1999 University of Oxford D.Phil
1992 University of St. Andrews MA

Languages

  Language Reading Writing Speaking
French Fluent Functional Functional
Spanish Fluent Fluent Fluent
Italian Fluent Functional Functional

Consultancy

  Client Description
British Academy
External assessor for British Academy mid-career fellowship.
Arts Humanities and Research Council Research (AHRC) of Great Britain
Peer reviewer for the Arts Humanities and Research Council Research (AHRC) of Great Britain Leave Scheme

Outreach Activities

  Description

Director for the UL Certificate in the History of Art & Design, an Art History evening programme for adult learners, which I coordinated between 2003 and 2012.

Other Activities

  Description

Fourteen catalogue entries for paintings and engravings included in the exhibition. Published as The Sale of the Century: Artistic Relations between Spain and Great Britain, 1604-1655, ed. by Jonathan Brown and John Elliott (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2002).

Teaching Interests

At UL I have acted as module leader for 15 different courses of which I had sole responsibility for the teaching and assessment of 10. In addition to the 15 courses, I have been involved in the co-teaching of a further 5 courses.

Usually my teaching load averages out at 4.5 modules a year, approximately 175 hours of classroom time, which does not include time spent on assessment, and individual student supervision and meetings.

My class sizes have ranged between very small MA groups of less than 10 students to large first-year core modules of between 120 and 150 students. My approach emphasises interaction as a core component of undergraduate education, as well as the delivery of detailed and supportive feedback.
 
In terms of range I specialise in the teaching of political, social and cultural history of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe, with particular emphasis on Britain, France and the Spanish Monarchy.

Between 2002 and 2007, I also taught a first-year module on European history between 1715 and 1848.

Between 2001 and 2009, I was responsible for an MA module on European History for students of the MA in European Integration.